The goal of this exercise was to derive design inspiration and spatial sensibilities from a nonhuman lifeform, taking into account their morphology, behavior, and sensory capacities. I chose lichen, a composite organism resulting from a symbiotic relationship between algae and fungi. By exploring a lichenous lifestyle through secondary research and rapid modeling, I was able to derive a set of design principles which could be directly applied to our future site: University of Virginia’s Lambeth Field dormitory complex.
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